Grammar Patterns

V to n

II.2 The 'admit' group

These verbs are concerned with admitting something. The prepositional phrase indicates what someone admits doing.
Within a week two young men had confessed to the crime and been arrested.
Unfortunately, for obvious reasons officials who are responsible for public safety do not always own up to their shortcomings.
The preposition to is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
He admitted to being disillusioned at the end of last season after another injury setback.
  • admit
  • confess
  • own up
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